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April 2015

April 2015 Cover
Vol No.: 
CXVIII

Cover: G. W. R. Bailey, Map exhibiting the fixed location of the main trunk of the New-Orleans, Opelousas & Great Western Railroad of Louisiana, together with its proposed branches, connections and extensions in Louisiana, Arkansas & Texas; also its connecting steamship routes from Berwicks Bay to ports in the Gulf of Mexico, together with the advantages in point of directness & diminished distance to the Pacific Coast, New Orleans, La. January 24th, 1859. Map from the collection of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, Washington, D.C. This wildly ambitious map illustrates the mostly proposed extent of the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad of Louisiana, including possible extensions to the “wheat region” and “sheep region” of Texas, which are labeled on the western portion of the map. In this issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the hopes for the arrival of a railroad to “the wheat region of Texas” are plainly evident in the letters of Navarro County resident (and wheat farmer) Solomon Van Hook to his brother in North Carolina featured in the article “‘Destined to Be the Finest Country on Earth after a While’: Letters by Solomon Van Hook from Navarro County, Texas, 1852–1868,”compiled and edited by Stephen E. Massengill and Robert M. Topkins.

Table of Contents: 

“Host and Hostage”: Pantex and the Texas Panhandle
By Alex Hunt

“Destined to Be the Finest Country on Earth after a While”: Letters by Solomon Van Hook from Navarro County, Texas, 1852–1868
Compiled and Edited by Stephen E. Messengill and Robert M. Topkins

Locating the Battle of Rosillo: A Newly Discovered Map Indicates the Likely Site of the 1813 Battle where the First Republic of Texas Was Born
By Robert P. Marshall 

Southwestern Collection

Book Reviews
Light Townsend Cummins, On History’s Trail: Speeches and Essays by the Texas State Historian, 2009–2012.
By G. L. Seligmann

Paul H. Carlson and Bruce A. Glasrud, eds., West Texas: A History of the Giant Side of the State.
By Dan K. Utley

Derek R. Everett, Creating the American West: Boundaries and Borderlands.
By Glen Sample Ely

Deni J. Seymour, A Fateful Day in 1698: The Remarkable Sobaipuri-O’odham Victory over the Apaches and Their Allies.
By Matthew Babcock

Danna A. Levin Rojo, Return to Aztlan: Indians, Spaniards, and the Inven- tion of Nuevo México.
By Rick Hendricks

Malcolm Ebright, Rick Hendricks, and Richard W. Hughes, Four Square Leagues: Pueblo Indian Land in New Mexico.
By Richard Flint

William P. O’Brien, Merchants of Independence: International Trade on the Santa Fe Trail, 1827–1860.
By Christopher Menking

Jacques D. Bagur, ed., Captain W. W. Withenbury’s 1838–1842 Red River Reminiscences.
By Debbie Liles

John M. Davis Jr. and George B. Tremmel, Parole, Pardon, Pass and Amnesty Documents of the Civil War: An Illustrated History.
By William Clay Yancey

Edwin R. Sweeney, ed., Cochise: Firsthand Accounts of the Chiricahua Apache Chief.
By Jacob C. Jurss

David Caffey, Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico.
By James Blackshear

Cynthia L. Massey, Death of a Texas Ranger: A True Story of Murder and Vengeance on the Texas Frontier.
By Harold J. Weiss Jr.

David O. Cullen and Kyle G. Wilkison, eds., The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism.
By Mark Stanley

Robert B. Fairbanks, The War on Slums in the Southwest: Public Housing and Slum Clearance in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico, 1935–1965.
By Jessica M. Webb

Wesley G. Phelps, A People’s War on Poverty: Urban Politics and Grassroots Activists in Houston.
By M. Courtney Welch

Juan Gómez-Quiñones and Irene Vásquez, Making Aztlán: Ideology and Culture of the Chicana and Chicano Movement, 1966–1977.
By Cynthia Orozco

Darius V. Echeverría, Aztlán Arizona: Mexican American Educational Empowerment, 1968–1978.
By Gonzalo Guzmán

Saúl Sánchez, Rows of Memory: Journeys of a Migrant Sugar-Beet Worker.
By Emily Skop

Mario T. García, The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America.
By Tiffany J. González

Laurie B. Green, John Mckiernan-González, and Martin Summers, eds., Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America.
By Watson Arnold